Cinema at the Periphery
Edited by Dina Iordanova, David Martin-Jones, and Belén Vidal
Film Theory and Criticism, Media Studies, World Cinema
Pages: 280 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 27 black and white images
From Iceland to Iran, from Singapore to Scotland, a growing intellectual and cultural wave of production is taking cinema beyond the borders of its place of origin—exploring faraway places, interacting with barely known peoples, and making new localities imaginable. In these films, previously entrenched spatial divisions no longer function as firmly fixed grid coordinates, the hierarchical position of place as "center" is subverted, and new forms of representation become possible. In Cinema at the Periphery, editors Dina Iordanova, David Martin-Jones, and Belén Vidal assemble criticism that explores issues of the periphery, including questions of transnationality, place, space, passage, and migration.
Cinema at the Periphery examines the periphery in terms of locations, practices, methods, and themes. It includes geographic case studies of small national cinemas located at the global margins, like New Zealand and Scotland, but also of filmmaking that comes from peripheral cultures, like Palestinian "stateless" cinema, Australian Aboriginal films, and cinema from Quebec. Therefore, the volume is divided into two key areas: industries and markets on the one hand, and identities and histories on the other. Yet as a whole, the contributors illustrate that the concept of "periphery" is not fixed but is always changing according to patterns of industry, ideology, and taste.
Cinema at the Periphery highlights the inextricable interrelationship that exists between production modes and circulation channels and the emerging narratives of histories and identities they enable. In the present era of globalization, this timely examination of the periphery will interest teachers and students of film and media studies.
Cinema at the Periphery focuses our attention on a wide range of dynamic films and film practices from around the globe whose value is not in their relationship to a Hollywood norm but in their ability to reveal the impact of the local, to suggest alternative spheres of influence, to recognize the range of original and creative work produced outside the dominant center, and to potentially raise different theoretical questions."
– Joseph Bierman
Cinema at the Periphery offers a timely and useful collection of reflections that challenge conventional definitions of national film cultures. This engaging volume is a valuable addition to the growing canon of scholarship in the field of transnational cinemas."
– B. Ruby Rich, professor of film studies at University of California-Santa Cruz